Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wine Review: Lieb Cellars Reserve Dessert White

Welcome yet again back to New York! From Cape Cod, Massachusetts! This is the second part of a three part series of reviews for Lieb Cellars: Reserve 2014 Pinot BlancReserve 2013 Cabernet Franc and Reserve White Dessert Wine

Lieb Cellars is located on the North Fork of Long Island, New York. It's a region that has found that its terroir is best suited for a vast selection of cool climate whites and Bordeaux varieties for reds. The winery was founded in 1992 but didn't release their reserve wines onto the market until 1999. In 2004 they came out with another label called Bridge Lane, a lower tier to their higher quality Lieb Cellars Reserve. Aussie Russell Hearn is the winery's winemaker.

I love Pinot Blanc and I gave theirs a 4 out of 5. Cabernet Franc is perhaps my favorite red varietal and I gave theirs a 4 out of 5. But when I took a look at Lieb's selection THIS was the one that I just HAD to try. Dessert wine drives me absolutely bonkers and has known to give me audible mouthgasms. There's just something about dessert wine that makes me act like a teenager crushing over a boy band. So given the opportunity to try one from the North Fork of Long Island, I jumped right on it without hesitation.

So let's dive in! This dessert wine comes in a slender, attractive 375 ml bottle and it'll cost you $35. For some perspective, that would be $70 in a standard 750 ml bottle.

Peaches and honey
It's done in the ice wine style so the grapes were hanging on those vines well into the winter, concentrating the sugars. The blend is 42% Pinot Blanc, 40% Riesling and 18% Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Blanc is an interesting choice for a dessert wine but, like we learned in the Pinot Blanc review, Lieb has the most plantings of Pinot Blanc in the United States. So play to your strengths, right?

Peaches and honey. With some apricot and apple notes. I mean, for both the nose and palate descriptors that's what it is and it's sooooo gooooood. It's sweet, of course, but it's not crazy sugary where it's going to take you a decade to drink a glass.

There's no complexities, there's no need for super-intense analysis. It's a goddamn delicious dessert wine. In fact, I've got some apple crisp in the fridge that I think I'm gonna go devour with this wine once this review is over.

I've had $35 dessert wines from France that were disappointing and not as good as this, and the fact that it's from here in the northeast of the USA makes it even more of a must try. I give it a 5 out of 5 for price for quality! Highly recommended! Get out there and find it!

Price: $35
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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